Rachel Kiel-Taylor

State of Mind Counselling


State of mind counselling is a talking therapy that helps you to get clarity in your mind about confusing or distressing events or feelings and gives you tools to help improve your experience of everyday life.


Areas of Special Interest

  • grief and loss
  • domestic violence (survivors and perpetrators, counselling services provided to Wellington Women’s Refuge
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • dealing with disability
  • group facilitation


Counselling/Therapy Services

Some people come to counselling expecting to be given some advice about what they should do about their problem but actually it’s a way of helping you to find your own inner expert, wisdom, and strengths in the company of someone who knows helpful ways of doing this and can walk beside you and keep you safe.

In State of Mind Counselling work the person is never the problem, so in the counselling space you will always be treated with respect and understanding, with no judgments. It’s a very important part of counselling that you will always be in control of what happens in the session and will never be asked to do or say anything that you don’t want to say or do.

This kind of counselling helps to take you out of your old mental loops, understand yourself better and find ways of creating new possibilities of thinking and living. It is counselling for well-being and you will also learn some helpful practical tools and strategies.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Methods are based on current brain science, neuro psychology trends and positive psychology. Approaches that can be used are cognitive behavioural therapy and perspectives embracing Mindfulness techniques. Narrative therapy is used where it will be effective and all methods are underpinned by a client-centered, strength-based approach.


Background and Experience

I have worked for 20 years with domestic violence survivors and perpetrators and in the last few years people recovering from sexual abuse trauma, those coping with the challenges of physical and mental disabilities, work-place and business problems, people experiencing grief, loss, anxiety, depression, illness and those with situational problems and concerns.



Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
- Accreditation Stopping Violence Group Facilitation (Kapiti)

Q Qualifications

- Bachelor of Counselling
- Diploma of Teaching
- Certificate of Teaching

Q Appointments

Monday, Wednesday or Friday 10am-6pm

Q Fees

- $120 per hour
- Enquire about case-by-case unwaged, low-resourced and student rates.